CBTp for Psychosis Informed Skills

This training will take place via Zoom over the course of six weeks, on October 31, November 7, 14 and 21, and December 5 and 12, 2024.

Sessions will be recorded so that participants can catch up if they have to miss any sessions; however, attendance for at least 50% of the live sessions is required for participation.


This training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) includes a 3-day workshop (spread over 6 weeks) plus 12 consultation sessions offered every other week for 6 months.

Combined, these learning formats provide an opportunity not only to learn the CBTp model, but to develop clinical skills through practice. 

CBTp-Informed skills refer to interventions that have been developed specifically for frontline providers working with individuals with psychosis beyond the traditional outpatient therapy clinic. This arises from a recognition that frontline providers often have the most face-to-face contact with clients but typically have access to the least amount of training related to psychosocial interventions. The training model brings together a combination of CBTp skills (the FIRST skills) relevant to front-line providers. During the training, participants will have an opportunity to learn from lived experience perspectives to enhance an understanding of the consumer experience, ground clinical interventions within the recovery framework, and highlight the importance of language and individual meaning making within this work. 

This training is ideally suited to case managers, peer providers and other frontline providers who are supporting individuals with psychosis and want to augment their training with skills developed specifically for working with this population. In addition, this approach may serve as a starting point for clinicians with limited exposure to CBT who want to develop a strong foundation in this approach before progressing to training, and competence review, in formulation-based CBTp. Participants are encouraged to read relevant material and/or practice training content in between workshop sessions. Participants will then be required to implement their learning clinically, bringing content for discussion in consultation calls.

Guest Trainer

Helen Wood, PhD


Helen Wood is a clinical psychologist licensed in Vermont and Pennsylvania. She works for INSPIRE’s CBTp training division. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Vermont, Department of Psychological Science. She was previously the psychologist for outpatient psychosis services, including a first episode psychosis service, at an academic medical center in southwest Pennsylvania. She led CBTp implementation in this context.  Dr. Wood has worked as Program Director for an adult psychosis inpatient unit, as well as in outpatient services in the US and in the UK’s National Health Service. She co-chairs the North American CBTp Network’s Early Psychosis Working Group. Dr. Wood received her Master’s in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Canterbury Christ Church University, both in the UK. Her clinical and research interests focus on understanding the experience of psychosis and collaborating with providers and experts by experience to enhance service provision.